• Rykka: Switzerland's 2016 Eurovision entry (Source Eurovision.tv) (Eurovision)Source: Eurovision
Switzerland's Rykka will sing 'The Last Of Our Kind' at SEMI-FINAL 2 of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden.
By
Chris Zeiher

7 Apr 2016 - 4:59 PM  UPDATED 15 Apr 2016 - 2:45 PM

Ex-pat Canadian Christina Maria (aka Rykka) will attempt to qualify her adopted Switzerland with a contemporary pop ballad concerning love at the end of the world. Described as a mega-ballad this is a big song and is comparable to Dami's “The Sound of Silence”.

Rykka channels a bit of bombshell with her glam look and sports a set of eyebrows that will give some of the lads a run for their money in the “best brow” stakes.  Current, dramatic and accessible “The Last of Our Kind” may surprise some of the more fancied contenders in this Semi Final.  Dami: don’t take your eyes off the eyebrows.

Watch Rykka's official video for 'The Last Of Our Kind':

Four Questions with Rykka

What are the most interesting aspects about your entry?

I'm so excited to be representing Switzerland this year with my song, The Last Of Our Kind. It's a song that I wrote with my friends, Mike James, Jeff Dawson and Warne Livesey about standing up for love and what you believe in. We wrote it just for Eurovision, but also for my new album that is coming out this year: Beatitudes.

What are the most impressive facts about you?

I grew up in Vancouver, Canada. My grandfather was from Switzerland and migrated to Canada to set up a beautiful Swiss Bakery, he also played a big part in the Swiss Society of Vancouver. That's where I had my first performance with my brother and sister when I was 9. I started playing guitar and writing my own songs when I was 16, and pretty much since then I've been a full time musician.

Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?

I surround myself with people who believe in me and who I love. I've had so many people support me for so long, my family and my great friends. I've also met a lot of new supporters, and I'm thankful and so blessed for everyone. It feels good to be part of such an amazing team.

Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?

I really feel it bringing all the best people together. So many people that I have met have so much passion, I feel like I can really connect with that! It's important for me in my life to find other passionate people and appreciate art and talent. It's so special for me to represent Switzerland as well because I live here now and I truly love it SO much. Switzerland is such an important part of who I am in my heritage and in my life today.

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The Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast on SBS’s Eurovision Weekend - Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Grand Final Sunday 15 May, 7.30pm on SBS, with LIVE early morning broadcasts from 5am on Wednesday 11, Friday 13 and Sunday 15 May.

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